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Sullivan’s Island • Isle of Palms • Goat Island • Dewees Island

Ben Sawyer Old School retains title as
in need of a Half Rubber champions
little support See story on page 7.


hether the Ben Sawyer
bridge is working
efficiently ultimately
determines one’s route off of
Sullivan’s Island, and even
though the bridge was recently
replaced with a brand new
span and operating system, the
bridge is still experiencing the
occasional maintenance issue.
Most of these issues directly
stem from the traffic/weight
support of the bridge, for which
supplemental support will
ultimately be necessary.
According to Julie Hussey,
communications liaison for the
Ben Sawyer Bridge project, “In
the course of rehabilitating the
bridge, SC DOT (South Carolina
Department of Transportation)
and FHWA (Federal Highway
Administration) engineers
determined it would be best
to upgrade the abutment
foundations and assure
the bridge’s new ability to
withstand the worst case loading
To upgrade these foundations,

see Bridge on page 7

Inside Island Eye

Cub Scouts PAGE 9 Holy Yoga PAGE 10 Turtle returns PAGE 27
2 September 3, 2010
Sullivan’s Island Council - August 17, 2010
Comments from the public could Cummings organize the eagles, but David Royall Council member Pat O’Neil also
Citizen Dennis Wazinki of labor and he agreed. Gregorie completed all the noted that the Town received
Mount Pleasant explained how Mayor Smith motioned to requirements for Eagle Scout a detailed email from a Mrs.
he visits Sullivan’s Island to approve the minutes for the and exemplifies all the qualities Freeman of Mount Pleasant in
windsurf and paddleboard, but Regular Meeting of July 20, of an Eagle Scout. Mayor Smith regards to public parking,
understands the need for his 2010, and Special Meetings on noted that David received the
paying of the use of the area. July 27, 2010, and August 2, rank of Eagle Scout at the Committee Reports
He suggested an annual fee 2010. Motion approved. Eagle Scout Court of Honor “I have a request from the East
that is simple for the visitor. “I on Sunday, August 8, 2010. Cooper Community Outreach,
know I don’t have a vote, but I Oath of Office On reading the resolution which will have a fundraising
am here tonight to kick things There was a resolution to recognizing and commending bike ride that passes through
back and forth and to come up install Reserve Officer David David Royall Gregorie for his the town of Sullivan’s Island,"
with something that is workable Burke as a member of the outstanding achievement, the said Town Administrator Andy
for both sides,” said Wazinki. Police Department. Officer Council passed the resolution Benke. "It’s a staggered start
Mayor Smith thanked him Burke was sworn in and unanimously. like the bridge run, but we’re
and Council member Madeline Council member Pat O’Neil waiting on the insurance
McGee agreed to follow up. thanked him for his volunteer General and New information, and approval
Citizen Bobby Cummings of service. Correspondence from the DOT, to go through.”
1450 Thompson Ave. and Council member Andy The bike ride is scheduled to
President of the Island Club Reports and Communication Benke read some notes of occur early on the morning of
brought forth the lack of a Mayor Smith recognized appreciation; one from Mrs. September 11. He continued
wheelchair ramp outside of the David Royall Gregorie for his Ramsdale showing thanks for by noting this year's Labor Day
Island Club, which has been accomplishment in becoming the actions of two officers and schedule, pointing out that,
an issue for a few years. He an official Eagle Scout and to another thanking Town Hall “Town Hall will close Friday,
proposed a building solution recgonize his acheivement, for its Census efforts on the September 3, at 5 p.m. and will
that also incorporated curb the mayor read a resolution island. “It looks like we went, reopen Tuesday, September
appeal. of commendation. “I had the as the state as a whole, from 7, at 8 a.m. in observance
After clarifications on the honor of being able to attend 49th place in 2000, to 23rd of the holiday. All central
planning propositions, McGee and speak at David’s court this year," specifing that the departments will be staffed as
suggested that if the town of honor," said the mayor. ranking was in number of
contributed the materials, "97% of scouts do not become responses received. see SI Council on page 4
September 3, 2010 3
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IOP Council - August 24, 2010 Island Connection and The Folly Current.
Lynn Pierotti
BY BLAKE BUNCH publisher
The appointment and Citizens’ Comments Ways and Means Committee
administration of oath Mayor Cronin expressed his Mayor Cronin ran through
to new employees gratitude for the recognition of the July report from the City Kristin Hackler
Mayor Dick Cronin led the the City of Isle of Palms through Treasurer, noting that the report managing editor
following candidates through the reception of the “Proudly shows that on a monthly basis
their Oath of Office: Mr. Jeff We Hail” award given by the Isle we should be at 8.3% on the Swan Richards
Anderson, who will serve as of Palms Exchange Club. The expenses, and our expenditures senior graphic designer
Fire Inspector for the City of City of Isle of Palms is the first are 7%. All things are trending
Isle of Palms, Mrs. Marguerite recipient of this award and it well from an expenditure
DeCicco as Secretary of the was given in recognition of flying standpoint, but we’re in a Ellie Smith
Fire Department, Mr. William the American Flag over City Hall weak period for income. “Our graphic designer
McElheney as the Recreation year round. fiscal year in 2010 is about the
Supervisor, Mrs. Elizabeth Resident Jim Raih of 3904 same as we were in 2008,” said Lori Dalton
McCullen as Telecommunicator, Cameron Blvd. took the Cronin. “We had a downward sales manager
and Mr. Jeff Swain, Patrol opportunity to speak during blip as most of the country had 614-0901
Officer. “We have an outstanding citizens’ comments, stating that in 2009, but now we’re back on
work force in the city and now he has been in the real estate track.” Cronin also noted that Mary Ellen Bennett
we’re adding to it,” Cronin development industry for nearly tourism income is back and sales
smiled. 25 years and feels that there is a looks a lot more stable.
Mayor Cronin motioned to serious communication problem In terms of special projects such
approve the minutes for the on the island in regards to the as beach restoration and City Blake Bunch
last Council meeting on July new radio tower that needs to Hall renovation, there has not reporter
27, 2010, and the Jjint meeting be addressed. “It’s gone on far been much activity, but as for
of the City Council and the too long,” said Raih. “We’ve the 52nd - 57th Ave. drainage Meredith Powell
Planning Commission of July spent countless hours trying project, Cronin noted that he reporter
20, 2010. Both were approved to resolve issues.” One of the attended a meeting the night
Gabrielle Christensen
unanimously. key problems, he said, was to before and appealed to County intern
keep the commercial income- Transportation meeting and by •
generating component away from the end of the meeting, they had Contributors
the public needs communication $100,000 to move forward with Anne Anderson
from a safety perspective. “It’s the project. “As I told them, we’re SC Aquarium
time for the city to take the lead moving forward with the project, Dr, Lucas Cole
in solving our problems for the we just don’t know how much CCPRC
community.” He offered his help we can complete,” Cronin said. Dr. Bill Cromer
to the city to help resolve the “We’ll get as much done as we Sarah Diaz
communication “challenges” on can with what we have. We’ll IOP Rec. Dept.
Dimi Matouchev
the island. have to do that again next time.”
Steve Suggs
Mayor Cronin also motioned Carlin Timmons
Wellness Fair to approve the award of a sole
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SI Council from page 2 was 1.4% a year. Interest rates as possible."We just want to to offer their input and also
can’t go much lower. It looks make sure we don’t have tons discussed decreasing speed
always, and Chief Howard has like things are picking up.” of traffic stuck on the island," limits on either side of the
talked to the Sherriff’s office for said Howard. "We plan to 'up' Louis Stith bridge, but it was
more help. On the 13, we have Building and Construction the personnel for Labor Day, determined that those decisions
a special meeting of Council to Committee and we have a request into would ultimately have to be
go over applications for various “Our revenue is up from the County to get personnel made with DOT and the Town
boards and commissions.” He licensing and permit fees," said out here.” He continued by of Mount Pleasant.
also said that the town had Council member Buddy Howle, discussing the service provided
received their last letter from "and the note in the report says by the Police Department to a Ordinances:
the Island Turtle Team, who that the reason for this is that woman’s paralyzed dog, whom 1. Ratification, Ordinance
reported 25 nests between Isle people are typically spending they helped to take off the No. 2010-08, An Ordinance
of Palms and Sullivan's Island more than they projected." beach and bring back home. to Amend Section 14-8 of the
with only about four of those Ordinances for the Town of
on Sullivan’s Island. There Real Estate Committee Streets and Maintenance Sullivan’s Island, regarding
was further discussion about The Real Estate Committee Council member McGee disorderly conduct. Ordinance
the changing hours of the Post reported that they had meetings reminded everyone that the Carries.
Office to which the committee about Phase 1 of paid parking, next Streets and Maintenance 2. Second Reading, Ordinance
agreed with Mayor Smith and hope to bring in at least Committee meeting will be No. 2010-08, An Ordinance to
that it is a large part of the 50 new spaces at a much lower held on September 9 at 6:30 Amend the Sullivan’s Island
community. cost than originally anticipated. p.m. She reported that there Code of Ordinances by adding
McGee suggested that the Post They also reported that they were about 60 people present Chapter 27 - Franchise Fees -
Office sell their back parking have been trying to get quotes at the public hearing for the granting Consent to Application
lot to the Town to use for new from engineering firms for the paid parking issue and that the for Franchise Fee for Cable
parking and O’Neil agreed, project. question and answer segment Service and Setting Franchise
asking Benke to look further was very effective. McGee Fee. Ordinance carries.
into this matter. Police Committee encouraged other citizens
Police Chief Danny Howard
Ways and Means Committee
Council member Mike Perkis
reported that it was agreed that
stated that their department
has been working with
the Mount Pleasant Police
Island Information
the town could be stewards Department and the new Sullivan’s Island Isle of Palms
for the Thomson Memorial Sullivan's Island Elementary Town Hall Town Hall
Fund. In other news, Perkis School to help make the 843-883-3198 843-886-6428
noted that the town's water transition to the old Whitesides 1610 Middle St. 1207 Palm Boulevard
bill was higher in July by about Elementary building as smooth Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon-Fri Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon-Fri
$20,000. Also of note was that
business licenses and building Police: 883-3931 Police: 886-6522
permits were up for the past (non-emergency: 883-9636) Fire: 886-4410
month, and that police officers Fire: 883-9944 Livability Officer: 886-8282
are still on the lookout for the
stolen beach sign, which will Dog Laws Dog Laws
cost approximately $5000 to May 1 – September 30: April 1 – September 14:
replace. 5 a.m. – 10 a.m. off leash 5 a.m. – 8 a.m.
Council member Buddy Howle 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. no dogs September 15 – March 31:
asked how the town was doing 6 p.m. – 5 a.m. on leash 4 p.m. – 10 a.m.
in terms of setting up their October 1 – April 30: Dog owners must have leash
new insurance program, and 5 a.m. – noon, off leash; in hand, have their dog under
noon – 5 p.m. on leash voice command and must
Council member McGee replied
clean up excrement.  At all
that it would transfer on
Beach Laws other times, dogs must be
October 1. Mayor Smith added
Permits needed for bonfires, on leash and under complete
that they had no issues with parties and boats on beach. control, even in the water.
deductibles. No alcohol, fireworks, glass
Perkis continued his report, containers, golf carts or Beach laws
stating that, “We decided vehicles allowed on beach. No professional photography,
to invest in a 6 month CD, Litter fines up to $500. fireworks, vehicles, bonfires,
because, to go any higher it glass, or alcohol.
September 3, 2010 5
also will be having an ISO study, Recreation Committee Dziuban won for General
IOP Council from page 3 and this could result in a change Councilmember Ryan Government, Joseph Washington
(included in FY 11 Sate ATAX to the City’s fire insurance rates. Buckhannon reported for the won for Public Works, Jason
budget). Motion carried During the month of July, 5034 Recreation Committee, stating Smith won for the Fire
The next Ways and Means calls were dispatched, and 1548 that the island theater group, Department and Dianne Tarr
Committee meeting is Sept. 21 at parking tickets were issued. Crabpot Players, will be holding won for the Police Department.
5:45 p.m. There were 30 instances of noise auditions for the December The next Personnel Committee
violations and five citations performance, “Miracle on meeting will be held on
Public Safety Committee written, and of 14 fireworks 34th Street” at 6:30 p.m. on September 7 at 5:45 p.m.
Chairman Martin Bettelli violations, two citations were Wednesday, October 18, at the
reported that the Public Safety written. There will also be a Rec. Center. He also noted that Mack truck lease approval
Committee met on Tuesday, bicycle ride (ECCO Ride) on the Rec. Center’s School’s Out The Second Reading of
August 10, and heard an update September 11 early in the activities were very successful, Ordinance 2010-011, an
on the radio tower. The chief morning and since there’s no and this year’s theatre camp ordinance authorizing the
has been meeting with other City involvement, the police will also went very well. The annual leasing of one Mack garbage
fire, police, and county officials not be involved. Half-Rubber Tournament, held truck GU713, passed second
to discuss a 180 ft. tower over The next meeting of Public Safety on Saturday, August 21, boasted reading with Councilmember
the proposed 230 ft. tower. is Thursday, September 9, at 28 participating teams. The Buckhannon voting against,
“Part of the problem we’re 5:30 p.m. IOP beach run, held on July stating that, “We should try
having is interference off of the 18, had 233 runners involved. to get away from these lease/
ocean,” said Bettellli, noting Public Works Committee There were over 400 campers purchase program and just
that the County is waiting on Councilman Brian Duffy participating in the Wee Camp purchase what we need.”
an independent report from a reported that garbage is still and Summershine programs
company, Kimball, which is being picked up, and "we’re at this year, and the Lacrosse First reading of ordinance
reviewing the Motorola design. our lowest level in five years,” camp attracted 74 youths. “It to allow photography on the
In other news, the public safety said Duffy. “Not sure why it’s was great to see the number of beach
building is having some trouble down, but who knows.” Duffy camps and new programs that First Reading, by title only
with HVAC. “We considered a stated that there was a review we have were very successful of Ordinance 2010-12, An
Signal 30 Award, and we are of the drainage project and this year, so kudos to the Rec. Ordinance Amending Title
awaiting input from the staff on thanked the Mayor for allocating Department staff for that,” said 7, Licensing and Regulation,
this and will probably bring it up the $100,000. The department Buckhannon. The first middle Chapter 3, Beach and Marine
next month,” said Bettelli. hopes to get a good bid and school dance of the year will be Recreation Regulations, Article
Highlights from the departmental expects approvals to come in by held on Friday, September 10, at A, General Provisions, Section
reports include the Fire mid-October and bid packages 7 p.m. with an 80s Extravaganza 7-3-20, Commercial Activities
Department report, with 183 will go out shortly thereafter. theme. The Halloween Carnival Restricted, of the City of Isle of
jellyfish stings and 12 stings Duffy also stated that they are is set up for October 30. The Palms Code of Ordinances to
from sting rays last month. The trying a new project for Public next meeting is scheduled for Allow Commercial Photographers
new Fire Inspector performed 66 Works by using one of the City’s September 8 at 4 p.m. to take Photographs on the
inspections during the month, ATVs, allowing them to move Personnel Committee Beach under Certain Conditions.
and Bettelli congratulated the crews around more quickly to Councilmember Ralph Piening “For those who aren’t aware, this
chief on 25 years of service to help with cleaning up various announced the June Safety
see IOP Council on page 6
the island. The Fire Department right of way issues. Sweepstakes winners. Emily
6 September 3, 2010
will make their nests in a safer
Letters to the editor... area. The maintenance of the IOP Council from page 5
asked about the line “under
certain conditions” in the
 Dear Editor, cemetery, as such, and not is an amendment which will add motion and Cronin pointed out
  allowing development of this the following paragraph to City that this wasn’t a part of the
Although I now live in Mt. property as has slowly occurred Code. ‘… Nothing in this section change and was part of the
Pleasant, my family ties to over time actually protects shall be deemed to prohibit a existing code. Filming will still
wildlife habitat. commercial photographer who need to be approved through
Sullivan’s Island date back over
In the past, the cemetery was is not soliciting on the beach, Council. There being no further
100 years with several relatives beach accesses, beach parking concerns, the first reading
buried in the Myrtle Ave. used as an area for parking,
lot or Breach Inlet Bridge, from passed unanimously.
Cemetery. I felt I must respond skateboarding, trash dumping
implementing a prior contract
to Mr. Waring’s comments made and, as evidenced by many to take still photographs on The next Isle of Palms Council
at the town meeting held on July liquor bottles in the back of the beach for a fee. The use of meeting will be held on Tuesday,
20 and printed in the Island Eye the cemetery, a straw bed for the beach to take photographs September 28, at 7 p.m. in
News of August 6. vagrants. Surely by fencing the on the beach for a fee shall be Council chambers, located at
 The ground dove is a delightful area to prevent parking on the limited to no more than one 1207 Palm Boulevard. For more
little bird which makes its home graves and as a way of preventing hour per day for a fee,” read info, call 886-6428 or visit www.
along the coastal regions. Their dumping, cemetery maintenance Mayor Cronin.
nesting season can be between is in the best interest of the Council member Bergwerf
February and October, however, town and residents alike. Mr.
along our coast it is mainly Dukes suggested beginning a
between August and October. regular maintenance program of
These birds are not territorial mowing and weeding in March
and will nest in any overgrown which will encourage these
or tall grassy area. Billy Dukes, birds to nest in a safer area and
wildlife biologist and small bird will not negatively affect their
expert with the SC Department numbers and may well improve
of Natural Resources, states their breeding process. I find it
these birds are not endangered fascinating that the question of
nor threatened here in South wildlife preservation becomes
Carolina. Mowing the grass at an issue only after destruction
roadside keeps the birds away of the cemetery was halted and
from roadways and therefore historic preservation has begun.
prevents their demise. There  
is no conceivable reason not Sincerely,
to maintain the Myrtle Ave. Doris Legare Dayhoff
Cemetery. By doing so the birds, Mt. Pleasant, S. C.
September 3, 2010 7
working platform to work on the project. Half Rubber from cover
Bridge from cover
Once all the heavy equipment is moved in
crews plan to drive in support pilings Old School, winners of the 2009 Half
they can bring in the paver and complete
adjacent to the existing pilings on both Rubber Championships at Isle of Palms
the enhancement.”
Recreation Center, retained their title this
sides of the bridge where it abuts with the Work to make the support pile upgrades is year in a closely fought battle at the Isle of
causeway. Hussey also noted that the finish expected to begin by the end of the summer. Palms Recreation Department on Saturday,
surface of the asphalt pavement on the
For further information, contact Julie August 21, in a game that didn’t finish until
bridge will be completed after the abutments
Hussey at jchussey@civiccommunications. 1 a.m. Hot, sweaty and smiling, team Old
are sufficiently reinforced.
com, or Kim Partenheimer with the SCDOT School was defeated by runners-up Below
In terms of the time it will take to complete Average, but following the rules of double
Ben Sawyer Bridge Project Field Office at
this enforcement process, Kim Partenheimer, elimination, Old School was able to pull ahead
972-1770 or by email at partenheimer@
on-site RCEI Project Manager for the bridge in the second round against Below Average
rehabilitation noted that, while the project and brought home the gold. Congratulations
is ready to go, to team Old School members David Smith,
it is still going Eddie Cornwell, Lee Martin and Jimmy
through some Mazyck on their hard-fought victory, as well
last minute as second place runners-up Below Average,
approvals. captained by Lance Cochran, and third place
“Once SC runners-up Bohannon & Co. team members
DOT and the Brett Bohannon, Brian Redmond and Morris
contractor agree, Redmond.
I don’t think The Isle of Palms Recreation Department
that it will take would also like to thank this year’s sponsors:
too long for the, Atlanta Bread
contractor to Company, Banana Cabana, Charleston
start work,” said Crab House, Charleston Limo, East Cooper
Partenheimer. Sporting Goods, Hucks Lowcountry Table,
“The contractor Isle Of Palms Marina, My Favorite Things,
built out each Wild Dunes Resort, Windjammer, South
quadrant of the End Brewery, Home Team BBQ, Chic-Fil-A,
bridge, so he Vintage Chariots, Neil Jordans, Iacafano’s,
has installed Jack’s Cosmic Dogs, Bambu, Noisy Oyster,
temporary Capriccio and Vitamin Water.
lagging walls at For more info on the 2010 Isle of Palms Half
all four locations, Rubber Tournament, visit
and he has a Ben Sawyer bridge.
8 September 3, 2010
Book Review
Feeling Free as a Fish

llison Smith IV, a (based on the real life of the sea. whispered in her languid, salty
Sullivan’s Island resident Alex’s Marina at “I actually breath. The reader can feel the
who describes himself as Murrell’s Inlet) to found the first throbbing heat of the August
“a lawyer by profession and a becoming a mate paragraph of the sun on their back and the dark,
fisherman by trade,” is a true- for the charter book in a stack brackish waters swirling through
blooded Charlestonian who grew boat Renegade, of old papers,” their toes. With Jessie, they
up with one foot in the marsh and Jessie learns said Ellison. “I watch the sun dissolve into strips
the other on a boat. A graduate of every aspect of had written it of deep orange and heavy red as
the University of South Carolina the charter boat when I was twenty it slips behind the marshgrass,
with a major in English, Ellison business, from or twenty-one.” and wake up to the dull gray of
went into law mainly so that he rigging bait to The discovery a new day already damp with
would be able to do two of his life’s deboning mullet, of that literary humidity, yet soothed by a cool
passions: fishing and writing. wrestling twenty- memorabilia northeastern breeze.
“I have a room upstairs where pound king led Ellison to Free as a Fish is a must-read
time flies, and I write,” Ellison mackerel into remember other for anyone who has spent time
smiled. Although he was a prolific fish boxes and vignettes of life along the Lowcountry coast. For
writer in his younger days, cutting tangled along the coast those who are just getting to
Ellison’s job slowly began to fishing lines from propellers in which he had written throughout know her wayward charms, this
take him away from writing as a high seas. He also learns about the years. With these scraps of book teaches them that there is
hobby and it wasn’t until he was the rhythm of life along the script firmly in his mind, Ellison a rhythm to coastal life and a
thinking about a present for his coast: the random patterns of took off for Murrell’s Inlet on his reason for living separate from
granddaughter that he realized creek beds, the fickle patterns fifty-ninth birthday and spent the bustle of modern-day cities.
he hadn’t really written anything of fish, the art of castnetting for two days remembering childhood For those who have grown up in
outside of a few short stories in shrimp and swinging a flat iron to summers spent on its vagrant her rivers, marshes and ocean,
almost 40 years. collect oysters, and the deep long dirt roads and winding, sun-lit this book is a celebration of the
“I promised myself that I would breaths of the tide as it changes creeks. It was there that he wrote beauty and power of living in
publish a novel before I turned from season to season and moon the end of the book. the Lowcountry, and a nostalgic
sixty,” said Ellison, and he was to moon. “I had a beginning, parts of glimpse into a time when all a
true to his word. His first work, a While much of the story is the middle and the end,” smiled person really needed in life was
children’s book entitled The Day drawn from Ellison’s own life, Ellison, and it took less than six a castnet, a boat motor and an
the Pelican Spoke, was written for other sections, he said, were months for him to finish weaving open mind.
his granddaughter and illustrated stories he’s collected over the it all together. The end result is Free as a Fish is available at
by an artist from Arizona. Four years from a variety of individuals, a love story written in the pluff- and will soon
years later, his first novel went to most of whom are blood-kin to mud blood of the marsh, woven be available in local stores.
print though a division of Book the Lowcountry coast and live the together with her rushes and
Surge called Create Space, and
it is an eloquent rarity of coastal
storytelling. Jessie’s Wahoo Steak with Local Tomato and Onion
His book Free as a Fish follows excerpt from Free as a Fish, page 262-3

the life of young Jessie McLeod,
who has just left the house t was still light out and the sea breeze was and a big slice of onion and took them outside
he grew up in after a series of cooling things down. He laid a charcoal fire in with a fresh beer. He flipped the fish over again
tragedies and scandals have the old grill in the front yard, lit it, and went and put the slice of onion on it and topped that
torn his family apart. The year is inside. He took out one of the wahoo steaks and with the tomatoes and made a tin foil tent to cover
1963, and with only a duffel bag cut it in half and quickly marinated it in a mixture it all. Then he sat on the front steps and drank his
of clothes, an old Evinrude boat of Italian dressing, lemon juice and ground pepper. beer and smoked a cigarette as he watched the
motor and the vague knowledge As the coals got ready he took a quick shower, first starts begin to appear in the southeast. When
of a burgeoning love for fishing shaved and changed into blue jeans and a clean he lifted the tin foil, the onion and tomatoes had
and the open sea, Jessie finds t-shirt. He put some new potatoes on to boil and melded into each other and he could flake the fish
himself driving to a place of fond took the fish steak and a cold can of beer outside. with his finger. He went inside and got a plate, put
childhood memories; Murrell’s He put the grill over the white hot coals and when some new potatoes drizzled in butter on it, opened
Inlet, South Carolina. it was good and hot, plopped the fish on top and another can of beer, picked up a fork and a paper
It’s here that Jessie finds himself seared it on both sides. He took a stick and pushed napkin and put the fish on his plate and ate at the
and embraces his true passion the coals to one side, put the fish opposite them picnic table overlooking the marsh in the light of
for the open water. Moving from and went back into the kitchen for a piece of tin the rising moon. It was, Jessie decided as he ate
deck hand at Archie’s Marina foil. On a whim he cut a couple of slices of tomato the last forkful, a hell of a good meal.
September 3, 2010 9

Cub Scouts look back on a great summer
and forward to a great year

he Pack 59 Cub Scouts packed in Cottageville, an interactive surf seining
in the summer fun with monthly experience on Sullivan’s Island and a fun
outings including a trip to Bee City free swim on Sullivan’s Island, as well as the
Cub Scouts day camp offered by the Coastal
Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
At Bee City, scouts learned the environmental

importance of honeybees and actively helped
in the processing of hive products by making
beeswax candles and bottling honey. The
boys also got to visit the adjacent petting zoo
which included monkeys, lemurs, wallabies,
alpacas and llamas, and the nature center Pack 59 Cub Scouts visit Bee City, USA in Cottageville,
which featured snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs accompanied by the Etiwan District mascot, “Cubby”.
and alligators. Thunderstorms put a damper on the
The Surf Seining and Science program swimming outing, but a number of scouts
was an interactive hands-on event led by dedicated to fun banded together for a short
Jim Koenig of King Fish Environmental. The swim before the rains began to fall.
Cub Scouts helped Jim pull a 35-foot seine
net in the ocean surf zone and in the process, Pack 59 is chartered by Stella Maris Catholic
captured a variety of sea creatures. The boys Church and serves Sullivan’s Island, Isle of
then learned to identify the wide variety of Palms and parts of Mount Pleasant. The Pack
marine life caught in the net including many is part of the Etiwan District of the Coastal
varieties of fish, crabs, sting rays and jelly Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
fish before releasing the creatures back to the For more information about Pack 59, email Pack
ocean. This interactive outdoor experience Committee Chair Ken Huggins at cubscout59@
captured the imagination of the boys and For more information about Cub
intrigued the parents, all while educating Scouts and the Boy Scouts of America, contact
Pack 59 Cub Scouts sift through the Marine Life captured
without the aid of textbooks or homework. District Executive William Etheridge at 763-
in the seine net during the Pack 59 outing with Jim Koenig
and King Fish Environmental. 0305, or visit
10 September 3, 2010

Holy Yoga

t’s just before 9:30 on a Wednesday and with a husband and two-year-old child students from floor poses to standing poses
morning, and several cars are parked in at home, however, Ellen wasn’t sure how she such as Warrior One, they take a moment to
front of Sunrise Presbyterian Church on would be able to not only get accredited, but read a line or two of inspirational scripture.
Sullivan’s Island. A couple of kids mill around also find a place to practice and students to In Ellen’s case, she began her class with a
as their moms grab a bottle of water and a fill the class. reading from Philippians 4:4 -10.
colorful rolled-up mat out of the trunk and “Our first lesson in Holy Yoga was the Holy Yoga is open to all and you do not have
head into church. No church clothes today; story of Moses,” Ellen smiled. “Moses was to be a member of the church to attend. The
instead they’re wearing comfortable exercise afraid that he couldn’t speak well in public, class is a $5 donation, and childcare for ages
pants and t-shirts, and each of them wave so God said, ‘Leave the details to me.’” And 0 – 6 is an additional $5 donation. Classes are
excitedly as they see a sprightly young blonde before Ellen’s plane even touched ground on currently held at Sunrise Presbyterian, located
standing at the door, ushering them in to the her return from training in Arizona, a location at 3222 Middle Street, on Wednesdays at 9:30
community hall. had already been approved for her class and a.m. Classes usually run between one hour
Since June, Ellen Shaw Wilson has been students were already waiting for her to lead and one hour and fifteen minutes. For more
hosting an hour-long yoga class once a week them through their first class at Sunrise information, visit
in the spacious community room of Sunrise Presbyterian.
Presbyterian, and for many it’s one of the most The unexpected help had come from the
deeply spiritual experiences they have had all only other Holy Yoga instructor in Charleston,
week, because instead of listening to Eastern Rachel Glowacki. While Rachel teaches classes
chants or instrumental meditation music, in Charleston, several of her students had
they listen to contemporary Christian praise requested that classes be held a little closer
music, and instead of humming Sanskrit to their homes on the islands. Rachel knew
mantras, they listen as Ellen reads chapters that another student was soon returning to
of strength, encouragement and insight from the Charleston area as a Holy Yoga instructor
her well-worn Bible. and with the help of Reverend Vance Polley of
“I used to go to a lot of traditional yoga,” Sunrise Presbyterian, a location for class was
said Ellen, “but there was a lot of emphasis established and the students were ready with
on Eastern teaching and thought patterns. I open arms.
had a good physical workout, but it brought Today, Ellen is hoping to expand the class
me out of my zone of peace.” to twice-a-week and possibly even include
Wouldn’t it be cool, she thought, if she an evening class. Her regular Wednesday Holy Yoga leader Ellen Wilson reads from Philippians.
could have the same workout experience, but sessions host anywhere between 10 and
have it more in line with her beliefs and the 20 students and is designed to stretch and
traditions in which she was brought up? strengthen almost
That thought led her to research other every level of yogi.
forms of yoga online and within minutes, More complicated
she was reading about a program started ten moves are given
years ago by expert yoga practitioner Brooke simpler modifications,
Boon called Holy Yoga. and time is taken to
“I thought I was the first one to think of regroup and meditate
it!” laughed Ellen. The program intrigued on scripture.
her and she was surprised to find that there A typical Holy
were already more than 200 certified Holy Yoga class begins
Yoga leaders around the country, with one with meditation in a
already working in the Charleston area. completely relaxed
Further research led her to find that Holy “corpse pose”, or
Yoga offered a fully-accredited school of yoga Savasana. Calm
and to become a teacher, she would have to spiritual music plays
complete 200 hours of training with the final while the instructor
training sessions held in Arizona. leads the students into
“I contacted them and prayed about it, and a place of calm and
I felt it was what I was supposed to do,” said focused meditation. As
Ellen. Already working as a therapist at MUSC the teacher leads the

September 3, 2010 11

Ice, ice, baby

ne of the most inside the cell are outside and more than twenty minutes of is, “Use ice 20 minutes once an
misunderstood modalities many of those things are toxic. being cold, the body goes into hour.” Every hour on the hour?
commonly used for injuries When one cell dies, not a lot of “frostbite prevention reflex” and That’s up to you. The more you
is ice. It’s important to use ice toxins are released, but when 10 will try to warm the cold area ice correctly, the sooner you will
correctly because if you don’t, it million cells die, a lot of toxins up by sending MORE blood to it. feel better.
will only cause more pain. are released. In turn, these toxins Now if you iced until you went Dr. Bill Cromer is a chiropractor
Ice is used when you first irritate the pain receptors on numb, you have more stretch, based out of Mount Pleasant. He
injure something and it is painful. specialized nerves that transmit more toxins and more pain in the offers both in-office and at-home
Typically you think of a sprained pain signals to the brain. injured area once it comes back adjustment sessions. For more
ankle, twisted knee or a blown All of the tools necessary to help to room temperature. information, call 971-1000 or his
shoulder. I think about a bad heal an injury are in the blood. To properly ice an acute injury, cell at 437-1619.
back or a cricked neck. Innately, the body’s response to only allow the ice to stay in
To understand how and why the injury is to get more blood to place for a maximum of twenty
to use ice, you must understand the injured area, and the blood minutes. Set a timer! Ice makes
how and why the body reacts vessels near the damaged area the inflamed tissue tighten up,
to new injuries. Inflammation expand to accommodate the squeezing the stretched tissue
– otherwise known as swelling, increase of fluid. This expansion back down and dissipating the
edema and puffiness - is the can lead to tissues stretching and toxins from the area, thereby
body’s primary response to stretching tissue adds to the pain. reducing the pain. When you take
almost any injury. Ice is not Meanwhile, the released toxins the ice off, let the skin return to
used on an infected wound. Even are damaging or killing other normal temperature on its own.
though this sort of injury will also cells, increasing the blood flow to This takes 30 to 40 minutes.
cause swelling, do not put ice on the injured area and increasing After it’s warmed back up, you
an infected cut/lesion. the number of dead and damaged can reapply the ice.
Inflammation is 90 percent cells. This also increases the pain. Another good point to
of an injury’s pain. When pain So what do you do? Slap some remember when icing an injury
is more intense, there’s usually ice on it! Why? Because that’s is to ice it for seven days. The
more inflammation. Why? When what coach or mom did, but the inflammatory process in the body
there is an injury, muscles, key is the length of time for which takes seven days, so use ice for
tendons and/or ligaments are you ice. Instead of leaving the all of them. After the second or
damaged and cells die. When a ice pack on until the area goes third day you might not hurt, but
cell dies, it pops like a bubble and numb, vary your icing time to the inflammation is still there.
now all of the things that were twenty minutes intervals. After The easy way to remember it
Double-crested Cormorant

he Double-crested Cormorant is a large aquatic bird found
in coastal areas, inlets, rivers, and lakes, though this species
summers as far north as Alaska and central Canada and its
wintering range extends into southern Mexico. This species can be
found in the Lowcountry year-round, but numbers swell during the
winter as more migrating populations arrive. Cormorants are diving
birds which feed mostly on fish, but will also occasionally feed on
amphibians and water snakes. They forage by floating about in the
water and diving intermittently, using their webbed feet to propel
them. Cormorants grab fish with their hooked beaks unlike their close
relatives, the Anhingas, which use their pointed beaks to spear their
prey. Cormorants and Anhingas do not have water-proof feathers.
After foraging, the birds must spread their wings and wait for their
feathers to air dry.
The two individuals in my photo, taken on Sullivan’s Island, are
juveniles. Adults are a solid black and breeding adults grow tuft-like
plumes, one on each side of their head. This species can be somewhat
easily confused with the Great Cormorant, which is noticeably larger
and weighs almost twice as much as the Double-crested.
During the 1970s, Double-crested populations fell sharply due to
the use of DDT, but the species
has since recovered. This species PHOTO BY SARAH DARGAN DIAZ
is considered a pest by some
fisheries, and the government has
taken measures to reduce certain
populations, although the public
is forbidden to hunt the birds.
Sarah Dargan Diaz is a local
bird enthusiast on Sullivan’s
Island. If you have a question
about bird identification or would
like to learn more about a certain
type of bird, you may contact her at

Two juvenile Double-crested Cormorants
take a break on Sullivan’s Island.
September 3, 2010 13

We’d like to thank you, Carolina Girl
C A R O L I N A G I R L YA C H T H O S T S C H I L D R E N F R O M E P W O R T H C H I L D R E N ’ S H O M E

n Sunday, August 8, 2010, including navigating with a GPS, a local church service
the Carolina Girl luxury keeping an eye on the weather followed by lunch
yacht hosted an afternoon with radar and overseeing his provided by members
cruise in Charleston Harbor for mates on board. of the congregation. 
more than 80 children from the “Captain Bob let us drive the They then boarded
Epworth Children’s Home, located boat and we saw dolphins, birds the Carolina Girl for
in Columbia, South Carolina. and other people sailing,” said an afternoon on the
For the second year in a row, Brett, a current resident at the water.
Captain Bob Murray invited kids Epworth Children’s Home.  “It Reflecting on the
from the Home to board his 100- was fun to act like we were on the children’s experience
foot yacht to enjoy Charleston Titanic because the boat was so on the yacht, Rev. John
from a unique perspective.  The large and beautiful.” Holler, President of the
children experienced firsthand The children traveled from Epworth Children’s
the responsibilities of a captain Columbia that morning to attend Home, said,“The trip 75 staff members and great care
broadened their horizons. It is taken in providing the children
was a definite ‘wow’ experience with comprehensive services
because it was a first for so many that meet their emotional,
of them.  They literally jumped up physical and spiritual needs.
and down with squeals of delight.  For more information on the
I give thanks to Captain Bob and Epworth Children’s Home, call
his crew for their gift to children 803-256-7394 or visit www.
who call Epworth home.”
Since 1896, the Epworth The Carolina Girl is a luxury
Children’s Home has provided a yacht and event venue which
safe residence for children from sails out of Ripley Point in West
broken homes. Situated on 35 Ashley. Comfortably seating 150
acres in the heart of the state, the guests, the Carolina Girl provides
Home, which currently provides a posh setting and unparalleled
for more than 150 children and views of Charleston Harbor. For
young adults, was originally more info, contact Camille Keil at
established by the South Carolina or
Annual Conference, now known call 818-2495.
(above and right) Students from the Epworth Children's Home set sail on the Carolina as the United Methodist Church.
Girl. The home employees more than
14 September 3, 2010 September 3, 2010 15

Friday, September 3 Monday, September 6
I s l a nd E y e C a l e nd a r Constitution/Citizenship Day lustrations, historical documents,
Sunday, September 5 Labor Day Tuesday, September 14 Up to 150 candidates will be sworn dramatic reenactments and studio
2nd Annual Lowcountry
Jazz Festival 4th Annual Lowcountry Wine September 3 - September 17 Day of Caring in as America’s newest citizens at interviews to tell the story of a true

September 3-5 at the North and Beer Festival Tuesday, September 7 Visit Trident United Way’s Charles Pinckney National Historic
Site, located at 1254 Long Point
public servant, the premiere of
this SCETV-produced film will be
Charleston Performing Arts The Annual Lowcountry Wine The AARP East Cooper A Day in the Forest with to get clean-up equipment. Coffee website for more info at
and Beer Festival, sponsored Road in Mount Pleasant. The pub- shown at Charles Pinckney Na-
Center. Performers include Spyro Chapter Smokey Bear and donuts will be provided. Bring
by Barrier Islands Free Medical lic and school groups are invited to tional Historic Site, located at 1254
Gyra; saxophone journeyman The Chapter will meet at 5:30 at This video is designed for students the kids, grandkids, friends and
Clinic, will offer an array of attend and are encouraged to bring Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant
in K – second grade and teaches neighbors. It only takes about an
Euge Groove, formerly of Tower
of Power; Paul “Shilts” Weimar, fabulous wines from around
the East Cooper Senior Center
(Card Room) on Van Kolnitz Road them how they can help prevent hour and is a pleasant way to join
Wednesday, September 15 chairs and blankets as seating will starting at 8 p.m. For more info,
the world, lowcountry cuisine, be limited. For more info, call 881- call 881-5516 or visit www.nps.
former bandleader of Down To in Mt. Pleasant. This month our wildfires from happening. The with your neighbors to keep our Mindful Manners dog classes at
fine craft beers, and jazz by the 5516 or visit gov/chpi
The Bone; and noted Charleston service project is Meals on Wheels, video is 3D, 8 min. in length, and island clean and beautiful. Sullivan’s Island Club
jazz musician Charlton Singleton. Cobblestone Quartet. Freshfields so please bring some canned is both fun and educational. Free. Cindy Carter, owner of Mindful
For more info, visit www. Village from 4:00 – 7:30 PM. goods to the meeting. For more Sewee Center, 5821 Highway Sunday, September 12 Manners Dog Training, will be Premiere of Forgotten Founder: or call (704) Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 information, call Debra Whitfield, 17 North, Awendaw. For more offering two dog obedience classes The Story of Charles Pinckney
Grandparent’s Day
534-4228. day of and may be purchased president, at 849-9548 info, call 928-3368 or visit www. at the Island Club. The puppy Using original art work, period il-
at Freshfields Guest Services. manners class begins at 6:30
11th annual Gene Johnson
Wednesday, September 8 Memorial Golf Tournament
p.m. and the basic manners class
begins at 7:30 p.m. For more
Berkeley Blueways Paddlefest! At Wild Dunes Harbor Course
After School Adventure Paddle info, visit www.mindfulmanners.
Nature Adventures Outfitters will starting at 1 p.m. The Captain's
Come paddle with us after school net or call 906-9997. The Island
offer a paddle of Wadboo Creek Choice tournament is $75 per
at Palmetto Islands County Park! Club is located at Station 14 ½ on
and Swamp in the Francis Marion player, which includes food and
Advance registration required. Sullivan's Island, next to the Fish
National Forest from 10 a.m. drinks during the tournament,
3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Course # 23609. Fry Shack.
to 4 p.m. Try paddleboarding, resort golf, a beach front BBQ
Age: 6-12. Fee: $12. For more info,
kayaking, canoeing or just come dinner after the tournament and
call 795-4386 or visit
and enjoy the food and music! Free prizes!  You can sign up at VFW
Thursday, September 16
event. For more info, visit www. Post 3137 next to the Windjammer Sons of Confederate Veterans
Charleston Restaurant Week or call on the Isle of Palms.  Hole meeting
September 8 - September 19. A
568-3222. sponsorships start at $100.  For Moultrie Camp #27 SCV meets ev-
three-course meal will be $30 at
fine dining restaurants and $20 more info, contact Darrin Voke at ery third Thursday of the month at
Francis Marion Dirt Dash, Half The Point Grill, Patriots Point Blvd.
at casual dining restaurants.
Marathon and 5k Run Walk                 in Mount Pleasant. Menu dinner
More than 50 restaurants are
Run the Francis Marion National Dog Day Afternoon starts at 6 p.m. followed by speak-
expected to participate. For more
Forest in Awendaw.  For more info, All dogs are invited to a pool er and business meeting. For more
information, please visit www.
contact Chad Haffa at 478-1779, party at North Charleston’s info, called Richard Steadman at
email or Wannamaker County Park! Large 442-8670.
Thursday, September 9 dogs are invited to enjoy the
wave pool and smaller dogs can IOP Community Wellness Fair
Jewish Rosh Hashanah/Feast of Shagging on the Cooper take a dip in Otter Bay. Tickets: The IOP Rec. Dept will host their
Trumpets Dance the night away under the $10 and advance purchase is Annual Community Wellness Fair
stars at the new Mount Pleasant recommended. Noon – 5 p.m. Call
Saturday, September 11 Pier while enjoying live classic 795-4386 for more info.
from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants
are invited to speak with local
Patriot’s Day oldies and beach music performed
healthcare professionals and spe-
by Local Motion from 7 - 11 p.m.  Visit the Cape Romain cialists. Services will include blood
Nutcracker Auditions Beverages will be available for Lighthouses work, flu shots, free screenings/in-
Auditions for the Nutcracker NPAC purchase on-site. Tickets are Meet at Sewee Center at 9 a.m. for formation and more. 24 28th Ave.
performance will be held at 11 a.m. $10 and advance purchase is a presentation on the history of the For more info, call Will McElheny
at Fort Dorchester High School, recommended. For more info, call lights, then leave McClellanville at 886-8294 or visit
8500 Lincoln Blvd. N Charleston. 795-4386. aboard the Island Cat for a boat
There is a $10 Audition fee. Ages ride through the Refuge waters,
6 - 17 are welcome. For more info, IOPNA Adopt a Highway ending with a walk to the lights on Friday, September 17
visit Cleanup is scheduled for 8 a.m. Lighthouse Island. Call 928-3368 Constitution Day
Volunteers should meet at the for more info or visit
Red and White Shopping Center
16 September 3, 2010

An intriguing island internship

his past summer brought gentle adventure, from transporting a large Yellow Newport News, Virginia, her home. A
breezes, warm sunshine, bare feet on Bellied Slider with a puncture wound on rising Senior, she is a Biology Major at
the beach and three young women his back to the wildlife vet, to seining with the Christopher Newport University.  She
with adventurous spirits, high tolerances families, welcoming folks to the Nature found Dewees while surfing for jobs listings
for risk-taking and infectious smiles.  Center and planning programs for all ages, and came across a job description posted
Courtney Douds, Jessica Tipton and Lisa all with enthusiasm.  Courtney shares her in 2007 that intrigued her.  She didn’t
Scarano are three exceptional young women talents freely, and occasionally after she gets have much hope, but she responded to the
who have added much to our summer days off of work you might be treated to a virtuoso POA email and set up a phone interview
on Dewees Island, bringing with them fresh piano performance at the Huyler House! with Lori the next day.  In less than one
perspectives and very interesting views.  All week she accepted the position, moved
three took intern positions on faith without L isa Scarano out of her apartment and headed south. 
ever having visited Dewees, relying on the Her philosophy is that,  “Some of the best
description on our website and a talk with things happen spontaneously.” 
Lori Sheridan Wilson, our Environmental Jessica’s first impressions of the island
Program Director, who convinced them that are that she loves everything about it,
this was an opportunity not to be missed. from the naturalist house, to the variety
of opportunities to learn and Lori’s caring
Courtney Douds  respect for her and the other interns as
Our summer competent persons.  As part of her work
Naturalist, at the Cape, she and Lisa took motor boat
Courtney, is operation training from the Fish and Wildlife
responsible Service.  “That was a stretch!  It was us and
for developing all those DNR guys,” laughed Jessica, but
interpretive pointed out that Lori encouraged them to
programs, the keep at it. “I am completely taken aback
maintenance of Lisa is one of our two turtle interns by the beach,” said Jessica. “You can be
wildlife exhibits, and hails from Maryville, Tennessee.  She out there and no one else is there.  No loud
responding divides her time between Dewees and Cape music and everyone is polite!  It’s the little
to wildlife Romain, spending two days on Dewees and things, the willingness of strangers to stop
emergencies, three at the Cape one week, and alternately and give a hand.  No one gets mad when
and acting as three days on Dewees and two at the Cape you make a mistake.”
turtle patrol the next.  Her duties while on Dewees are to Director Lori Wilson pointed out that,
backup.  She is help manage the turtle programs, probing “These intern positions are jobs for the
in the Nature and evaluating nests, and being on-call for more adventurous type,” and while she’s
Center Monday morning backups for walking.  During the sad to see them go, these energetic young
through Friday day she is at the Nature Center fulfilling women will leave Lori with a smile on her
when she is duties as needed.  face.
not out on the Lisa is a rising Senior studying Anne Anderson is a long-time Dewees
island with related duties. Environmental Education at Coastal Island homeowner.
From Buffalo, New York, Courtney Carolina University in Conway, and is
graduated from Columbia University in majoring in Marine Science and Biology.
May of this year with a degree in Ecology Lisa’s first impressions of the island
Evolution and Environmental Biology. She were an initial shock that parts of South
responded to our job posting for a summer Carolina are as pristine as Dewees
Naturalist on an eco-employment website.  and that there is so much wildlife. She
She arrived on Dewees less than a week knew nothing of the maritime forest, the
after she graduated, ready for the unknown wildness, and that many areas are allowed
and the unexpected. to develop naturally.  Experiencing the
According to Courtney, her first natural habitats that everyone cherishes,
impressions of the island were the absolute she explains, “It makes it hard not to care
beauty of the area, the loveliness of the about the environment!”
isolation, and the pleasure of observing The alligators have also been an
the Osprey. Her biggest surprise was being unexpected surprise, but in all, Lisa has
startled by a large alligator, never having found everyone on the island to be friendly,
been exposed to these “wild animals” with accepting and open.  “It really is a unique
which she is gradually making peace. It’s place,” she smiled.
the people, she said, who make it very
comfortable to be on the island.  J essica T ipton (pictured right)
Every day for Courtney brings a new The second turtle intern, Jessica, calls
Deceased dolphin found
on Sullivan’s beach

n August 18, a citizen authorities still do not know the
found the body of a 163 real cause of the dolphin’s death,
cm (5’ 4”), one-year-old they will begin the long process of
female bottlenose dolphin. The checking further for viruses.
dolphin was already in moderate If you find an animal stranded
decomposition, and Wayne McFee (dead or alive) on the beach, do
of NOAA’s National Center for not touch it or push it back into the
Coastal Ocean Science reported ocean as this can cause further
that they found a post-mortem suffering for the animal. Contact
shark bite on her side. The wound authorities for help and report it
had exposed some of the internal to SCDNR at 1-800-922-5431. For
organs, but after performing a more information, contact Wayne
necropsy there was no evidence McFee at
found of human contact. Though or call 762-8592.
18 September 3, 2010

Improving your Constitution

oin the National Park reenactments and studio visit The painting was funded by
Service in celebration of interviews to tell the story of a On Saturday, September 18, the Southeastern Archeological
Constitution Week by true public servant. The program join park staff at 11 a.m. for Center and will be a dramatic
attending one of several free was funded in part by the the unveiling of an original oil addition to the permanent
special events scheduled for Friends of Historic Snee Farm painting interpreting President exhibits at Pinckney.
the week of September 17- and the Humanities Council, George Washington’s 1791 visit Two days of living history
25, 2010, at Charles Pinckney SC. Dr. Walter Edgar will to Snee Farm. Artist Martin are scheduled on Friday and
National Historic Site located at introduce the documentary and Pate has created paintings for Saturday, September 24 and
1254 Long Point Road in Mount Producer Sanford “Dave” Adams the National Park Service for 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pleasant. The park preserves the will answer questions at the over fifteen years. Following the Watch craftsmen in period dress
last 28 acres of Snee Farm, a conclusion. The free screening unveiling, Pate and National demonstrate rice-pounding,
plantation that was once owned will be held outdoors under a Park Service Archeologist John indigo-dyeing, iron-smithing,
by Charles Pinckney who was a large tent. For more information Jameson will present a program brick masonry and domestic arts.
principal framer and signer of on Forgotten Founder, please on Archeology and the Arts. Also included are Revolutionary
the U.S. Constitution. War soldiers, 18th century
On Friday, September 17, music, sweetgrass basket sewing,
help celebrate Citizenship quilting, African drumming and
Day during the park’s annual Gullah story-telling. Visitors
naturalization ceremony at 10:30 can also participate in a game of
a.m. During the ceremony, up historic cricket.
to 150 candidates will be sworn Throughout the week, visitors
in as America’s newest citizens. may take part in the “I Signed
The public and school groups the Constitution” program,
are invited to the free program, signing a scroll that will be sent
and are encouraged to bring to the National Constitution
chairs or blankets as seating will Center in Philadelphia, the city
be limited. Later that day at 8 where Charles Pinckney and
p.m., the public is invited to the 38 other delegates signed the
premiere of a new documentary world-changing document on
on Founding Father Charles September 17, 1787.
Pinckney. Produced by SCETV, All events are free. For more
Forgotten Founder: the Story of information or group reservations,
Charles Pinckney uses original please call the park at 881-5516
art work, period illustrations, Recreationists will be participating in Constitution Day on Friday, September 24, and
or visit us on the Web at www.
historical documents, dramatic Saturday, September 25.
September 3, 2010 19

Who will write your memoirs?

o you remember your first 12 students so register today. class and has over 40 articles
car, your first job or your Classes are offered at two to her credit. She founded and
first love? Would you locations: published a regional parenting
like to write down some of these • Isle of Palms Recreation magazine. In addition to her non-
memories for yourself, your Department, located at fiction work, she has published
children or your grandchildren? 24 28th Ave., on Tuesdays short stories and a young adult
Our “Writing Your Memoirs” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for 8 novel.
class will help you get started. weeks starting September  Register by call 886-8294 for
Each class includes instruction, 7. Cost: $45 the Isle of Palms class or 881-
examples and writing exercises. • Creative Spark Center 3780 for the Creative Spark class.
During this eight-week class, for the Arts, located at
you’ll learn how to uncover your 757 Long Point Road,
memories, organize your ideas, Thursdays from 2 to 3:30
and make your stories interesting p.m. for 8 weeks starting
while having a lot of fun in the September 9. Cost: $65
process. At the conclusion, your Tonya McGue will be the class
favorite story will be included in instructor and facilitator. She
a class book. Space is limited to has experience teaching this
20 September 3, 2010

Ravenous reader
earns reward
Congratulations to Lauren Medich, winner of the Young Adult
Summer Reading Program at the Poe Library! Lauren, a seventh
grade student at Moultrie Middle School, won a $50 gift card from the
Mount Pleasant Town Center for her summer reading efforts. Keep on
reading, Lauren!

Reader Lauren Medich with head librarian, Jeri England.

Eye Spy

Do you know what this is?
No one guessed last weeks Eye Spy, it was part of the Brooks
Custom Woodwork sign on Sullivan's Island. The first one to
send in the correct answer for the Eye Spy will receive a coupon
for a free ice cream at Café Medley on Sullivan's Island.

Kids, send your guess for this week’s Eye
Spy to:
or call 886-NEWS. Please include your
mailing address with your submission.
September 3, 2010 21

Shag season wrapping up at Computer questions?

each music season is winding perform live at the end of Mount Pleasant’s AT S U N R I S E P R E S B Y T E R I A N

down, but Shaggin’ on the Cooper 1,250-foot long pier.  Gates open for each
continues for two more evenings at performance at 7 p.m. and music begins at sle of Palms resident Bob Hooper is a whiz
the Mount Pleasant Pier. This is your last 8 p.m.   Bring the whole family (ages 3 and at computers. Starting with computer
chance to dance the night away to live up) or come with that special someone to repairs in 1987, Bob has since started his
music on Saturday, September 11, and unwind after a long week.  Not a dancer? own computer repair and assistance company
Saturday, October 9, with the final pier Enjoy the music on the pier and watch called, appropriately, Rent-a-Bob. “I can ‘speak
concerts of the season.  Come out and take the sunset over Charleston Harbor while the lingo’, but I also work well with older
advantage of the cooler fall weather with sipping your favorite beverage, available clients,” says Bob. Certified in A+, Network+,
live music and stunning evening views on for purchase on-site.   and Security+ from CompTia, Bob is building
the end of one of the longest piers in the A limited number of tickets will be sold for a strong client base on the islands and east of
southeast.   these events so arrive early! Admission is the Cooper, and in response to several requests
Coming up on September 11, enjoy $10 per event or $8 for Charleston County he’s received from clients, Bob will be offering
music by Local Motion and on October 9, residents if purchased in advance. For more a free class on computer and internet use at
celebrate the final Shaggin’ on the Cooper information or to purchase tickets, visit Sunrise Presbyterian Church on Sullivan’s
event of 2010 with music from beach music or call 795-4386. Island immediately following the 11 a.m. service
favorite, The Coppertones.  Bands will
on September 19. Bob will also host a more
in-depth class on Thursday, September 30 at
6:30 p.m. in the same location and will go over
questions, myths and truths about computers
and the internet.
“This [class] will give you the knowledge to
go buy a computer, set it up and feel confident
about what you are doing,” says Bob, noting that
he will be available to help anyone after both
classes that need a little more help or guidance.
For more information, contact Bob Hooper at
822-7794 or 886-8939, or email him at rentabob@
22 September 3, 2010

Walk a mile in culture

his coming September 25 nationally important historic adults and $50 for children.
and 26, 2010, the cultural houses, four scenic parks and Museum Mile Weekend
sites along Charleston’s a Revolutionary War powder passes are available at www.
Museum Mile will come together magazine. Many of the cultural
for the second annual Museum institutions will also offer special and at all Charleston Visitor
Mile Weekend.  A single pass programs during Museum Mile Center locations including
allows admission to thirteen Weekend. The Weekend Pass the downtown location at 375
sites along and around Meeting is only $20 for adults and $10 Meeting Street and in Mount
Street in historic downtown for children 12 and under. If Pleasant at 99 Harry Hallman
Charleston. Around the one-mile purchased separately, adult Blvd.  Online purchasers will
section of Meeting Street, visitors admission for the participating receive their passes in the
can discover six museums, five sites would be over $100 for mail.
Passholders will show
their passes and participating
venues will be checked off
at admission.  Passholders
who do not see everything
they want to see on Saturday
can return for the rest of the
attractions on Sunday.  For
more information, visit www.
or call 722-2996 x235.
IOP Community
Wellness Fair

The Isle of Palms Recreation Department will host their Annual
Community Wellness Fair on Thursday, September 16, 2010,
from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants are invited to the Isle of Palms
Recreation Department at 24 28th Avenue to speak with local
healthcare professionals and specialists. Healthcare professionals
will be on-site to provide several beneficial health services,
including blood work, flu shots, free screenings and information,
and much more. For more
information, contact Will
McElheny at 886-8294 or
24 September 3, 2010
Tackling Tennis Elbow
Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a tennis elbow support brace if needed.
common overuse injury of the elbow. Playing Many cases of tennis elbow can be
tennis is one of the obvious causes of tennis eliminated through the use of the self-care
elbow, but many other activities can also remedies listed above. If pain persists then
cause the same injury. Activities such as the treatment options listed below may be
golfing, fishing, gardening, and even driving required to resolve the condition:
can trigger the inflammation that causes • Class IV Laser Therapy: Laser therapy
tennis elbow pain. is quickly becoming the treatment of
The pain from tennis elbow is usually limited choice for this type of injury. It is safe,
to where the tendons of your forearm muscles painless, and usually takes less than
attach to the elbow (Fig. 1). However, pain can five minutes to perform the procedure.
also spread into the forearm, wrist, and hand. • Manual Therapy: Manual therapies
Some other symptoms noticed with tennis such as myofascial release are great
elbow are weakness of the forearm muscles, for helping to eliminate the tension or Figure 2
a painful grip during certain activities and an knots present in the forearm muscles.
care recommendations. In the past, Tennis
inability to hold certain objects. • Exercise: Rehabilitative exercises such
Elbow has been difficult to treat, but using
Below are some self-care tips as assisted stretching can be helpful in
today’s technology and taking a multifaceted
to help control and possibly reversing the patterns that lead to the
approach creates a sensible approach that
eliminate tennis elbow: development of Tennis Elbow.
gets results.
• Ice the area of pain for • Medication: If pain is persistent and
Dr. Lucas Cole owns and operates Cole
20 minutes after use. severe, then drugs may be needed to
Chiropractic Clinic in Mount Pleasant. Along
• Stretch the forearm muscles decrease inflammation. This is not a
with being a chiropractic physician, Dr. Cole
before and after use (Fig. 2). long term option but, when used in
is a Titleist Certified Golf Fitness Instructor,
• Massage tension and knots in conjunction with the treatments listed
a Certified Class IV Laser Therapist, and is
the forearm muscles. above, it is helpful at treating the really
the Official Chiropractor for the PGA Tour’s
• Use a tough chronic conditions.
Nationwide Tour Championship. He can be
In our clinic we have found that 87%
reached at his office at 416-8593 or by email
of cases can be effectively managed with
Class IV Laser Therapy, myofascial release
techniques, prescribed exercises, and self
Figure 1
September 3, 2010 25

"Paws"itive training with Cindy Carter

indy Carter, owner and Stella’s excellent results which is the only recognized you drop,” musical chairs and
head trainer of Mindful encouraged Cindy to pursue certifying body in the nation. She Zen attention. Those with dogs
Manners Dog Training, her passion. Three years ago is also a Canine Good Citizenship that are over 20 weeks may enroll
offers in-home and on-site she began apprenticing with Evaluator for the American in Basic Manners, which is a little
positive, gentle private dog Susan and quickly worked on Kennel Club and a professional different than the puppy class as
training and group classes for her establishing her own company. member of the Association of Pet they will also have an opportunity
clients and their pets. The positive energy she had Dog Trainers. to practice tricks like “shake” and
After working in Atlanta for created in her feng shui designs As Cindy is constantly exposed “roll over” and will include off-
years as a feng shui practioner, has effectively transferred over to to new and different dogs and leash playtime.
Cindy found her real passion her job as a dog trainer and is a scenarios, she continues to “I think we all want a
in dog training after adopting present part of her vegan lifestyle. further customize her methods relationship with our dogs and
a shy shepherd mix whom she Cindy’s credentials include and attends conferences and I want to work to enforce that
named Stella. She looked for being one of the only two Certified seminars across the country. positive relationship,” says
training classes around town, Pet Dog Trainer-Knowledge Starting in the middle of this Cindy. She does not believe in
but discovered she needed more Assessed (or CPDT-KA) for the month, Cindy will be sharing her shock collars or spike collars and
than that; she needed behavior area from Charleston’s barrier knowledge at the Island Club on while she encourages her clients
modification, and she ultimately islands to Columbia. The Sullivan’s Island where she will to read food labels, she does not
decided to turn to local dog certification is only available be offering two different classes try to tell them which food they
trainer Susan Marett of Purely through the Certification Council one evening a week for seven should buy for their dog. She is
Positive Dog Training. for Professional Dog Trainers, weeks starting September 15. available to help teach dogs and
The first week will be an develop appropriate behaviors
orientation session where Cindy that will last a lifetime.
Breac h Inlet Tide Char t evaluates the dogs and begins
observing their behaviors and
Puppy Manners will be held
on Wednesday nights at the
Date High Tide Low Tide identifying their thresholds. Island Club on Sullivan’s Island
Puppy Manners is the class at 6:30 p.m., and Basic Manners
Sept. 3 3:07am/3:50pm 10:22am/11:16pm designed for puppies of any breed will follow at 7:30 p.m. For more
Sept. 4 4:15am/4:55pm 11:25am under 20 weeks and teaches information or to register for an
basic skills such as “sit”, “down”, upcoming class, contact Cindy
Sept. 5 5:20am/5:55pm 12:12am/12:25pm “stay” and “come.” Puppies Carter at mindfulmanners@
Sept. 6 6:21am/6:51pm 1:04am/1:22pm and owners alike are sure to be, call 906-9997, visit www.
pleased with the intriguing games or follow her
Sept. 7 7:19am/7:44pm 2:07am/2:15pm that help to incorporate these on facebook at Mindful Manners
Sept. 8 8:14am/8:35pm 1:54am/2:17pm basic commands, like “shop ‘til Dog Training.
Sept. 9 9:08am/9:25pm 2:43am/3:11pm
Sept. 10 10:01am/10:15pm 3:31am/4:04pm
Sept. 11 10:54am/11:05pm 4:19am/4:57pm
Sept. 12 11:49am/11:56pm 5:08am/5:52pm
Sept. 13 12:45am 5:50am/6:48pm
Sept. 14 12:51am/1:43pm 6:54am/7:47pm
Sept. 15 1:47am/2:43pm 7:52am/8:47pm
Sept. 16 2:46am/3:42pm 8:53am/9:45pm

Hurricanes, storms etc., are NOT included in the
predictions. Tidal current direction changes and tide time
predictions can be very different. Tide predictions are
PREDICTIONS; they can be wrong so use common sense.

One of Cindy's classes downtown at the Battery.
26 September 3, 2010
It’s Labor Day! Are your investments
working as hard as you are?

n Labor Day, we celebrate that offer liquidity and can pay hard for you without taking on have the opportunity to grow
the achievements of a more attractive rate of return: more risk than you would like, on a tax-deferred basis, which
the American worker. investments that may work and one of the greatest risks means it can accumulate faster
As someone who works hard harder for you. occurs when you have all your than if it were placed in an
yourself, you can appreciate this Another reason you may keep money tied up in just one type investment on which you paid
holiday and, of course, you hope money in a low-rate investment of investment. When a market taxes every year, but also your
your efforts will eventually result is that such investments downturn strikes a particular contributions are generally made
in achieving your important typically offer greater protection group of investments and you with pre-tax dollars, so the more
goals, such as college for your of principal than an investment have no other investments to help you contribute, the lower your
children or a comfortable such as a stock; and this is cushion the blow, your portfolio taxable income. Such “double
retirement. But, if you’re going to certainly true as stock prices could take a sizable hit. One way duty” is a great way to keep your
turn these objectives into reality, will always fluctuate and the to help lower your risk level is to money working hard for you, and
your money needs to work as return of your principal is not spread, or diversify, your money the same principle may apply to
hard as you do. guaranteed. Nonetheless, stocks among a range of investments your traditional IRA, assuming
What steps can you take to have historically offered returns such as stocks, bonds and your income level qualifies you to
help make sure your money that have been higher than the government securities. While make deductible contributions.
is working hard for you? For inflation rate, although as you’ve diversification can’t guarantee a Labor Day comes and goes
starters, consider keeping the no doubt heard, past performance profit or protect against loss, it quickly, but by making the right
money you may need in the is not a guarantee of future can help you reduce the effects moves, you can help ensure your
near future in investments that results and if your investments of volatility. money is working hard for you
pay minimal rates of return. do not keep up with inflation, you Another way to make sure your 365 days a year.
These investments can offer could lose significant purchasing investments are working hard for This article was provided by
you liquidity — in other words, power over time. you is to have them “multi-task.” Edward Jones, located at 1505
it’s no problem to get at your Clearly, then, your goal should Consider your 401(k) or other Palm Blvd on the Isle of Palms.
money when you need it. But be to make sure your savings employer-sponsored retirement You can reach them at 886-9229
you can find some investments and investments are working plan. Not only does your money or visit
September 3, 2010 27

Turtle Team gets “Stinky”

n July 5, 2010, the fluid therapy, and radiographs
first Loggerhead turtle which confirmed internal gas
rehabilitated at the pockets in the animal’s body
South Carolina Aquarium was cavity. After a short period, Stinky
recaptured nearly 10 years began to eat squid, a few crabs
after it was released from the and a lot of mackerel. Following
now fully-fledged Sea Turtle two months of treatment his
Hospital. Dubbed “Stinky” by the overall health had improved, but
Aquarium’s animal care staff, his floating disorder persisted.
the Loggerhead was recently On October 11, 2000, a team was
recaptured a few miles off central assembled from the Aquarium and
Georgia by the R/V Georgia SC DNR led by Dr. David Owens,
Bulldog during a regional turtle a renowned endocrinologist with
trawl survey managed by the the College of Charleston, to
South Carolina Department of perform a laparoscopy on the ill
Natural Resources (SC DNR).  Loggerhead. Dr. Owens was able
Between release and recapture, to treat the animal’s internal
Stinky’s weight increased from infection and displace the air
103 to 176 pounds and his length that was causing the turtle to
grew by five inches, a normal rate float. A second laparoscopy was
of growth for a juvenile loggerhead performed on November 15, 2000, of 51 sea turtles to be recaptured sized turtles may help refine
of his size. and revealed great improvement following successful rehabilitation the estimates of the amount of
According to an article in of the internal condition and and release by the Aquarium, time that must elapse before
Loggerhead Lines, Stinky was soon after, Stinky was cleared for and both were recaptured in the loggerheads fully mature.
found floating in Port Royal Sound release. On January 11, 2001, regional in-water trawl survey.  In addition to highlighting the
in Beaufort County on August Stinky was transported to the Furthermore, because this turtle strong partnership between the
22, 2000, and was picked up by warm waters off Florida by SC is a male that would not come Aquarium and SCDNR that now
SC DNR Law Enforcement. The DNR and released at the Archie ashore unless he stranded again, benefits many species statewide,
turtle had a heavy barnacle load Carr National Wildlife Refuge in the odds were stacked even more this sea turtle’s story also
but no external wounds. After Melbourne.  For the next nine and against ever receiving a report beautifully illustrates why patience
being examined by Sea Islands a half years, his whereabouts and on his whereabouts after he was is so crucial among those working
Vet Clinic on James Island, SC status remained unknown. released.  So when Julia Byrd, SC to conserve and recover our
DNR transported the turtle to This story is a remarkable DNR Biologist and Chief Scientist state reptile, the Loggerhead Sea
the South Carolina Aquarium for example of the success of for the July 5-9 cruise, reported Turtle.   In the three decades that
rehabilitation. Upon arrival, Stinky rehabilitation, for which little that he “looked fat and healthy have passed since Loggerheads
was determined to be positively data is available.  While satellite- and was very energetic when he were added to the Endangered
buoyant and was classified as a telemetry (which has been used was brought onboard,” Sea Turtle Species List in 1978, nesting in the
“floater.”   Initial supportive care by the South Carolina Aquarium) Hospital staff were elated. southeast has declined while in-
(administered with the guidance of provides a means to gauge the “Recapturing this turtle is an water catch rates have increased. 
Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue initial success of rehabilitation amazing and unprecedented Because 90% of in-water collected
and Rehabilitation Center and and release, documenting long- opportunity to study a sea turtle, Loggerheads are healthy juveniles
the N.C. State University College term survivorship requires in this part of the world, that is that are predominantly females
of Veterinary Medicine) included recapturing turtles which is not transitioning through puberty, a (determined from testosterone
antibiotic and vitamin injections, common.  Stinky is only the second critical life stage for the recovery levels) originating from our region,
of sea turtles that has never been these individuals, if they survive to
HELP US HELP SEA TURTLES IN SOUTH CAROLINA properly studied,” said Dr. Owens.  maturity, may lead to an increase
Lighting and habitat county administrations SCDNR is hopeful that the steroid in the number of adult nesting
disturbance are detrimental to enforce their lighting hormone samples collected for Dr. females in the future.
to sea turtle nesting and ordinances. Owens and other collaborators
hatchling emergence. Because • Fill in your holes on the from Stinky and other similar-
of this, we recommend the beach at the end of the day
following steps to minimize any (adults and hatchlings can
negative impact on sea turtles become trapped in holes
on the beach: dug in the sand).
• Remove tents, chairs,
• Obey local and county etc. from the beach and
ordinances regarding dunes each day that
lighting, flashlights, could obstruct a sea turtle
fireworks and bonfires. nesting at night.
• Do not disturb (touch, • Remove trash (especially
flash photography or light plastic bags and balloons)
shining) a nesting sea turtle from the beach that could
and please observe her be mistaken for food by sea
from a distance. turtles if it blows into the
• Turn off lights and close ocean.
blinds and drapes on • If you spot an injured sea
windows visible from the turtle on the water (or on
beach, dusk to dawn, May the beach or in the marsh),
through October. call 1-800-922-5431 to
• Encourage your local and report it.